October 24, 2018

What Are The Side Effects of CBD Oil? Can it get you high?

Does CBD oil have unwanted side effects? As you probably know, CBD oil is made from hemp. And as with any natural product, CBD oil will have different effects on different people. But CBD is non-toxic. And part of being non-toxic is being non-intoxicating. You could eat a brick of pure CBD and not get high or have any long-term consequences. However, depending on your needs, some of the effects of CBD oil might be unwanted. So, what, exactly, are the side effects of CBD oil?

CBD oil made from hemp
CBD oil made from hemp, such as the CBD oil made by Diamond CBD, is essentially devoid of a compound called THC. THC is the compound in marijuana that causes a feeling of intoxication.

Can CBD oil get you high?

CBD oil made from hemp, such as the CBD oil made by Diamond CBD, is essentially devoid of a compound called THC. THC is the compound in marijuana that causes a feeling of intoxication. Still, given that the products contain no THC, a small number of users have claimed that it made them high. But this might be a matter of semantics.

There are two states which could be considered as being high. The first is intoxication, but the second is a phenomenon known as runner’s high. Runner’s high is a feeling of euphoria which is associated with vigorous exertion such as running a marathon or competing in sports. What happens is your brain produces chemicals called hormones or neurotransmitters that signal particular parts of your brain to become more active. These chemicals include serotonin and dopamine. They affect areas of your brain such as those which are involved in anxiety, stress, focus, pain, coordination, circulation, and respiration, among others. They also play a huge role in the brain’s reward circuits. When you’re in the zone, your brain is pumping out these chemicals.

There is an important difference between these two types of highs. In the first type of high, intoxication, your perception of reality is markedly altered. For example, things that might not otherwise be funny can bring on laughing fits, or it might reduce coordination. In the second type of high, runner’s high, although accompanied by a feeling of euphoria and improved coordination, there is no change in perception. This is the kind of high that CBD oil might produce in a small percentage of users. And this is the high that is being experienced by those who claim that CBD makes them high. But is this an unwanted side effect? A feeling of euphoria (essentially putting you in a really good mood) without the unwanted effects of intoxication I think would be a welcome effect by many.

Some users have gone as far as to claim that some CBD oil products contain THC. Is this the case? It’s a near certainty that it is not the case. The reason for this is that all companies that produce CBD oil are extremely aware of the regulations surrounding the product. Those regulations come with steep penalties. In fact, any individual at the helm of one of these companies could be charged with drug trafficking if their products were found to contain THC. And it could spell doom for the company. For this reason, all respectable hemp oil manufacturers use 3rd party testing to assure that their products contain either just trace amounts of THC or none at all. The trace amounts must be less than 0.3% THC. That’s three one-tenths of one percent. In a 10 milligram dose of raw CBD extract (not the high quality filtered and distilled products that Diamond CBD sells), that’s less than three one-thousandths of one milligram of THC.

So, as you can see, although it might put you in a really good mood, it’s extremely unlikely that CBD oil can cause you to feel intoxicated.